Jan. 9, 2009
SEATTLE - The University of Washington hosts California Saturday afternoon in a matchup of two teams that have the longest win streaks in the Pac-10 Conference.
The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tipoff and will be televised live by FSN Northwest and will feature a live radio broadcast via the Washington ISP Sports Network. Tickets remain available through the Arena box office beginning at 1:30 p.m. - 90 minutes prior to the game - or by clicking here.
Washington enters Saturday's game with an impressive 11-3 overall record, a 2-0 mark in the Pac-10 and a league-best nine-game win streak. The Huskies held-off Stanford last night with a tight 84-83 victory in Bank of America Arena. The Cardinal entered the game with an 11-1 record and led by as many as eight points early in the second half. But, the UW showed the resilience that has led to the UW's third-best start in Lorenzo Romar's seven seasons as the Husky head coach.
Tickets are available for Saturday's game against Cal at the Bank of America Arena beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Isaiah Thomas, the Pac-10's leader among freshman in scoring and assists, is second on the team in scoring average at 15.3 and has scored in double-figures in 12 of the team's 14 games.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, generally one of the UW's first players off the bench, scored 17 points against the Cardinal and is among the Pac-10 leaders in blocked shots and field goal percentage. He is second on the team in rebounding and is a key to the Huskies nation-leading +12.4 per game rebound margin.
Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter and Darnell Gant are the only players to have started every game this season for Washington, which has not lost a game since its 86-84 setback against then-17th ranked Florida at the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 25.
California brings an eight-game win streak into Bank of America Arena after knocking-off Washington State by a 59-50 margin last night. The Bears,led by former Montana, Stanford and Golden State Warriors head coach Mike Montgomery, didn't put the Cougars away until the final minutes of the game and were led by Patrick Christopher's 22 points.
The Bears lead the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 49.5 percent of its long-range shot attempts. Cal is 11th nationally in overall field goal percentage, hitting .499 from the field. The Bears are also the Pac-10 leaders in fewest turnovers, committing just 11.6 per game.
Junior guard Jerome Randle is the team's leading scorer, averaging 18.8 points per game - second in the Pac-10. He is also third in the league in assist-turnover radio and third in assists.
Following Saturday's game against Cal, Washington takes to the road to play Northwest rivals Oregon and Oregon State next week. The Huskies return home to face USC on Jan. 22 in a game that will feature a pre-game ceremony to retire Brandon Roy's #3 jersey.